The National Environment Service applies stewardship to the planning and management of the environment and natural resources in the Cook Islands. The key focus areas are in Biodiversity and Conservation areas. Research and environmental baseline data the is the driving force to ensure NES’s stewardship measures are supported by science and data. The Pa Enua, or Outer Islands, is a key strategic area for NES to provide resources and management expertise.
Biodiversity or ‘biological diversity’, is the variety of life on earth like plants, animals and micro-organisms. Their interactions and interdependence to survive will help create a rich and thriving environment.
The management of natural resources need planning in order to prevent any form of destruction or exploitation. Ecosystem services, protected areas and species conservation are key programmes used.
The protection of natural resources is a responsibility of everyone - Government, organisations and members of the community. In this area NES focuses on Waste Management, CITES permits, research and the Pa Enua (outer islands)